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At the Duke's Pleasure

At the Duke's PleasureReader Alicia recommends “At the Duke’s Pleasure” by Tracy Anne Warren. She writes, “This book was such an entertaining book that I found myself continuously laughing at the antics of the characters. I loved how she was always trying to find ways to get the Duke to break off their engagement.”

Alicia sent in this review for Fishing for a Good book adult winter reading program. Read three books, get one free. The program runs through February 24.

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Hit Me

Keller, a former hitman who last appeared in Lawrence Block’s “Hit and Run,” is now married with a small daughter and living in New Orleans. In Block’s latest novel, “Hit Me,” Keller has gone straight, and he and a partner are rehabbing property, but jobs have dried up in the construction business. When Dot, a former associate from his crime days, calls him up to offer him his old job back, Keller agrees to take on just one more client. Fans of Keller (myself included) are happy to see him return.

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The Space Between Us

The Space Between Us” by Thrity Umrigar is a favorite of reader Kathy.

“I read this book years back and I loved it. It still comes to my mind when I think of some of the best books I’ve ever read. I like to read about different cultures, and this book tells of two women in India and the caste system that binds them. It’s marvelous how their worlds diverge.”

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My Name is Mary Sutter

Librarian Mara passed along her review of “My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliverira.”

“Following in her mother’s footsteps as a midwife is not enough for Mary Sutter.  She wants to be a doctor—a surgeon.  In 1860, this can be done by apprenticeship, not necessarily through medical school.  But when the Civil War breaks out, Mary heads for Washington DC to serve as a nurse.  With no understanding of infections and a shortage of medicines and equipment, there is no glamour and a lot of hard work.  There’s plenty of surgery to be done, too, mostly amputations.  This is a fascinating book.”

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